Upcoming Events

Musica Viva and the Gunnedah Conservatorium


Mission Songs Project

Sunday August 6pm-7.30pm

4.5 stars “…profoundly moving…the entire collection is sublime…” The Australian

“Not a moment too soon, Lloyd has revived these unique songlines before they’re lost forever. The warm and articulate performer shared the lead on family yarns and glorious harmonies with Emma Donovan, Deline Briscoe and Jessica Hitchcock.” Chris Lambie, Rhythms magazine

Jessie Lloyd
Deline Briscoe
Emma Donovan
Jessica Hitchcock

Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive contemporary Australian Indigenous songs from 1900 to 1999, focusing on the Christian missions, state run settlements and native camps where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were relocated.

Searching for the secular songs that were sung after church, Mission Songs Project looks to explore the day to day life of the mission days, from cultural identity to love and loss. These unique songs consist of almost forgotten stories that can now shed light into the history of our Indigenous elders, families and communities.

Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous Australian music as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary, revealing the continuation of cultural practice and song traditions into the 21st Century.

Tickets can be purchased at trybooking here


Community Music Leadership Training with Phil Mullen, hosted by the Gunnedah Conservatorium
Saturday August 11th 9.00am-5:00pm

* NESA accredited for school teachers who wish to be involved (5 hours, proficient teacher level)
* Presented in partnership with the NSW Association of Regional Conservatoriums

* Early Bird Rate - Book before end of July $80. Full rate $120
Community Musician, trainer and music education consultant, Phil Mullen works across the globe to further the idea that participating in music is something everyone can do regardless of age, ability or background.

Phil has 28 years experience in Community Music practice running projects with marginalised groups, including seniors, people with intellectual challenges, young people with behavioural problems, offenders, homeless people, people with mental health issues, and communities in conflict.
Phil has trained musicians to work in non-formal settings over the last 25 years both in Universities and at grass roots level.
For bookings please contact the Conservatorium.  

Gunnedah Conservatorium Presents: Bright Star - Simon Tedeschi and John Bell, Thursday September 20th 7pm-10pm

"It is story-telling for adults, heart-rending and sophisticated... Tedeschi is a true master of the pianoforte... [Bell's] voice soars above the piano accompaniment and runs the gamut of emotions from the faintest whisper to intense grief to anger. It is a virtuoso performance and the synergy between these two performers was obvious."
StageWhispers, 2017 (Enoch Arden, Adelaide Festival Centre)

Simon Tedeschi Piano
John Bell Orator

John Bell AO OBE, founder of Bell Shakespeare Company and Helpmann Award winner, partners with internationally acclaimed, ARIA-nominated pianist Simon Tedeschi to present Bright Star, a feast of Romantic poetry and music featuring the works of Keats and Schubert.

Bright Star
Australian theatre icon, John Bell AO OBE and internationally acclaimed pianist Simon Tedeschi renew their triumphant partnership with 'Bright Star', exploring the life, love and genius of two bright stars of the Romantic era – John Keats and Franz Schubert. Though they never met, these contemporaneous geniuses of literature and music were kindred spirits: both died young, having loved a woman beyond his reach due to her superior social standing, and both created masterpieces which still resonate strongly today.

Performing some of the most beloved poems of Keats including 'Bright Star', ‘Ode to a Nightingale’, and ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’, and music by Schubert including Ave Maria, Winterreise and Sonata no.18 in G major (‘Fantasie’), Bell and Tedeschi share their insights into the enduring power of these timeless works, and the lives of the artists who created them.